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How To Get Rid of Fleas with Flea Powders

Your pets aren’t the only ones that can be plagued by blood sucking fleas. After a day of playing and walking outside, fleas which hitch a ride on a pet cat or dog may sooner or later choose you as their next host, especially once they’ve made their way indoors. When fleas are in your home, measures must be taken to address their infestation before it worsens and one of the best ways to get rid of fleas is by using flea powder.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is your home for flea control and among our assortment of professional products to eliminate flea infestations, we have flea powders. These do a great job of eliminating fleas but before we get into it’s benefits, let’s uncover how fleas get in your home to begin with.

How Fleas Come Into Your Home

Fleas can enter the house via your pets, your own clothing or flea ridden furniture you may find and fail to inspect before bringing it into your home. Once this happens, things will steadily get worse. Fleas will move off of your pet and begin breeding, multiplying their population until everyone in the home is miserable.

Fleas are tiny, making them excellent hiders which can be frustrating for anyone who wants to get rid of them and their biting ways. Often the first sign you know you have fleas in your home is that itchy feeling you have when you’re lounging on your couch, waking up to itchy bites all over you or your pets constantly scratching themselves.

Where Fleas Like To Hide The Most

Fleas prefer areas of the home that are warm, dark, secluded conditions where they can feast and breed without any disturbances. When they have access indoors, there are a plethora of places they can find a place to live and lay eggs, as long as there is a warm blooded creature nearby as their food source, and a warm humid area for breeding.

Humidity is a vital element for fleas to survive. Eggs laid by fleas have to rest in areas with humidity levels of between 70-75%. When fleas become larvae they require a moisture level of at least 50%. In these relative humidity levels, 20% of fleas will make it to adulthood where they will just lay more eggs and grow the infestation in your home.

Flea eggs, flea larvae, and flea pupae prefer to hide in your carpets and cracks between tiles on your floor or between the carpet and floorboards. This is because fleas eggs lack a sticky substance needed to keep them latched onto the host they’re laid on.

What this means is that they fall off a host such as your pet and fall onto your carpet or sofa or it could be that fleas feel that the eggs will be safe and undisturbed deep inside the carpeting.

Once the egg hatches, flea larvae begin consuming the flea dirt left by adult fleas and other small excrement. Flea pupae go into a cocooned state,  hiding in carpet along with eggs and larvae.

During this stage, the pupae are immune to most pesticides while in their cocooned state which is why it is important to continuously clean your house to make sure you get rid of them as soon as they leave their cocoons.

The Difficulty With Controlling Fleas In The Home

Most homeowners don’t know that only 10% of the flea population is found on your pet, which are exclusively adults. The remaining 90% consists of the flea eggs, larvae, pupa, and the few adults which are hiding in the carpeting, bedding, and living areas. Killing the adults is not enough, you have to kill fleas from all stages of their life.


Eliminating Fleas With Flea Powder

Of the many ways you could address a flea problem in your home, one such solution is flea powder. Flea powder is an insecticide that you sprinkle around that can sufficiently kill fleas. Some flea powders can be put directly on your pet while others are meant for carpeting and flooring.


Flea powder is a solid alternative to the other options that are out there for flea control. Flea powder comes with many benefits. For one they have little to no odor compared to other pesticides designed to get rid of fleas. Another reason they make a good choice is that they usually contain environmentally friendly active ingredients such as diatomaceous earth, which won’t harm any pets or children wherever it is applied.


One should note that while flea powder can be helpful, if you have a serious flea infestation, it should not be looked at as the only method of control and should be combined with other options if you want to totally tackle the flea problem you have in your home and with your pets. There are some disadvantages to solely using flea powder as the powder can be quite difficult to control, especially when applying it under windy conditions. On powders that you can place on pets, pets might try to lick it or shake it off. There is also a risk that you may inhale the powder by mistake. It can also rub off on furniture, blankets, curtains and beddings.


One of our best flea powders we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn is Flea Stoppers. FLEA STOPPERS works by dehydrating and kills fleas in two stages of the life cycle. Flea stopper contains boric acid, which has a toxicity level close to everyday table salt, making it safe for use around children and pets while being lethal to fleas. Unlike other flea powders, flea stoppers should ONLY be used on carpeting.

5 reasons Why You Should use Flea Stoppers:

1. Flea powders are effective against fleas, ticks and other parasites

2. They are safe, non toxic and effective; they kill and repel fleas/ticks on contact and prevent new infestations

3. They are easy to use: can be liberally dusted on the floorsafely

4. Can also be spread on carpets, pet’s bedding and other areas of the house to kill flea eggs and adult fleas

5. Apply on window sills and around doors to repel fleas as well as cockroaches, bugs, flies etc.


How To Use Flea Powder To Eliminate Fleas


To successfully use flea powder, you can’t just bust open the package and just begin sprinkling. Here are some directions on how to use flea powder to achieve the best possible results:


1.We recommend starting with a good vacuuming. Not only will preliminary vacuuming such up and eliminate any adult fleas it can also suck up some eggs, larvae and pupae before they develop. For the ones that aren’t sucked up, vacuuming can at least bring the eggs and larvae closer to the surface so they will be exposed to the flea powder more easily.


2. Make sure to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after vacuuming. Otherwise, the fleas will hatch, develop, and leave the vacuum to re-infest your home. If you have a canister vacuum, wash it out with warm soapy water to kill the fleas.


3. Take the Flea Stoppers container and sprinkle it around your carpet at a rate of 1 pound per 400 square feet. It would be best to measure your square footage out beforehand that will be treated and then shake this product evenly right onto the carpet.


4. Take a good stiff broom or a carpet rake to bend the carpet fiber so the product can get deeper into the carpeting. We recommend doing this in sections.


5. Leave the product undisturbed for 3 to 5 days before you vacuum again.

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That’s all there is to it! Once again we highly recommend using this product along with other products to take care of your flea problem inside and out. Flea Stoppers  combined with  Petcor Pet Spray, some of our flea killers and a flea bath dip for your pet will ensure the fleas are completely eliminated from your home. (You can get all the products necessary for total control of fleas in our Guaranteed Solutions Flea Control Kit).


For more helpful advice on how to get rid of fleas, please refer to our other flea control articles and guides on our website. You could also speak to a live DIY pest control expert by contacting our phone number at 800-479-6583, emailing us at askapro@solutionsstores.com, or starting up a live chat with one of our online representatives.

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